ACTION ALERT! Wisconsin Senate set to vote on overturning wind-siting rule

Posted on March 6, 2012. Filed under: Wind |


The Wisconsin Legislature is scheduled to wrap up its regular session calendar on March 15th. With the end of session approaching, there has been a lot of legislative activity, as lawmakers attempt to push through legislation before time runs out.

Unfortunately, it comes as great concern that Senate leadership has scheduled a full Senate vote on Senate Bill 50 — legislation that would repeal PSC 128, the consensus guidelines for siting wind farms on which the future of wind energy in our state relies.

Also, we have just been informed by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s office that the bill will be scheduled for a floor vote today.

If this bill passes, Wisconsin would immediately lose jobs. It would kill $1.8 billion of potential investment in Wisconsin, translating into millions of lost hours in construction labor as well as manufacturing jobs producing wind turbine components. This comes at a time when Wisconsin was ranked this week as 50 out of 50 states for generating private-sector jobs – that’s right, every other state in the country ranked better at private-sector job generation than Wisconsin, which actually lost jobs during that period.

These wind rules resulted from two years of hard work and compromise. They provide a critical foundation for future wind power development in Wisconsin. If these important rules are repealed, Wisconsin’s future wind projects and industry jobs will be lost. See background information and suggested talking points farther below.

Please call the following Senators’ offices IMMEDIATELY, and tell them to “VOTE NO ON SENATE BILL 50!”

Jon Erpenbach: 1–608-266-6670
Kathleen Vinehout: 1-608-266-8546
Dale Schultz: 1-608-266-0703
Rich Zipperer: 1-608-266-9174
Rob Cowles: 1-608-266-0484
Michael Ellis: 1-608-266-0718

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Don Wichert at 608.255.4044 at RENEW Wisconsin


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